It’s time to stand up and salute! America celebrates Veterans Day on Nov. 11 and one of the biggest parades honoring the men and women of the armed forces will march through New York City. If you can’t see America’s Parade in person, don’t worry. Click to watch!
Veterans Day is a time when U.S. citizens put aside their differences to publicly to take a moment and thank those who have served in America’s military. One of the biggest displays of this gratitude will be America’s Parade in NYC. The event begins at 11:15 AM ET, and those who can watch from across the world can do so courtesy of Military.com’s official live stream
The 2016 parade will be a solemn ceremony highlighting two important occasions in America’s history. Being that it’s the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, this parade will remember those post-9/11 military veterans and the police, firefighters and civilians who were First Responders on that dark day.
The parade’s three Grand Marshals include: Port Authority Acting COO Stephanie Dawson, a New York Army National Guard colonel who commanded troops at Ground Zero on 9/11 and served in Operation Enduring Freedom; NYFD Battalion Chief Joseph Duggan, who rushed to the Twin Towers on 9/11, as well as worked to rebuild the Baghdad Fire Department in the second Iraq war; and NYPD Detective Nelson Vergara, who worked extensively at Ground Zero before serving with the U.S. Marine Corp. in Iraq.
The U.S. Coast Guard will take center stage, as they were critical in evacuating half-a-million people from Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001. 9/11 is not the only moment being observed with this parade, as it’s the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm, the first batter between the U.S. and Iraq. Coincidentally, President George W. Bush, 70, oversaw the military action following 9/11, and his father, President George H. W. Bush, 92, was the man in the Oval Office during the first Gulf War.
After the Opening Ceremony at Madison Square Park, the parade will march north on Fifth Avenue in New York City, according to the parade’s official website. It should be a wonderful display of the men and women of uniform who have fought hard to preserve those freedoms and ideals that fill every American heart with pride.
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